American Australian Association

Arts Awards

2020 American Australian Association Arts Awards
Supporting Australian Bushfire Relief

Thursday, January 30, 2020
6:30 pm Cocktails
7:30 pm Dinner

Skylight Modern
537 W 27th Street, New York
New York, United States

Honorees

Kylie Minogue

Kylie first topped the Australian charts in 1987 with her debut single, The Loco-Motion. It spent seven consecutive weeks at Number 1 and was the highest selling single of the decade. Since then Kylie has gone on to sell over 80 million records across the globe. Amongst 34 top ten hits and 7 number ones, her international hit, ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head’ from the 2001 album, ‘Fever’, is considered one of the best selling singles of all time, achieving multi-platinum status with sales exceeding
five million, worldwide.

Kylie has released fourteen studio albums, of which 7 have hit number one, including her most recent releases, ‘Golden’ and ’Step Back in Time – The Definitive Hits Collection’. She is the third best-selling female artist in UK history and the number one best selling female artist of all time in Australia.

In 2008, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Kylie an OBE for her services to music. In the same year she was awarded the highest cultural honour in France, chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the French Government for her contribution to the enrichment of French culture. As well as these prestigious accolades, Kylie has a Grammy, three BRIT Awards and 17 ARIAs. In 2011 she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2019 received an Officer of the
Order of Australia Award (AO).

To date, Kylie has embarked on fifteen international concert tours and holds the record for the most-watched performance ever at the iconic Glastonbury festival, with a staggering 3.9 million people tuning in to watch her play the Legend slot this Summer.

Peter Carey AO

Peter Carey was born in Bacchus Marsh Australia. In his 28 years in New York City he has produced classic works of Australian Literature including True History of the Kelly Gang and A Long Way from Home.

His novels have been short-listed for the Booker Prize four times and have won it twice  Carey also won the Commonwealth prize twice and Australia’s Miles Franklin three times.

He is an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Since 2003 he has been a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College in New York where he is the Executive Director of a highly selective MFA in Creative Writing.

Peter Carey supports the Bushwick literacy group “Still Waters in a Storm” www.stillwatersinastorm.org a refuge for immigrant kids in the age of Trump.

He is married to the literary agent Frances Coady.

Rising Star

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 04: Jacob Elordi attends HBO's "Euphoria" premiere at the Arclight Pacific Theatres' Cinerama Dome on June 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for HBO,)

Jacob Elordi

Jacob Elordi is an Australian actor, best known for his role of ‘Nate Jacobs’ in the critically acclaimed ‘HBO’ show, ‘Euphoria.’ Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Jacob was fascinated with the world of acting since childhood. He began acting during his school years and participated in many stage shows. One of his initial acting projects was a musical called ‘Seussical,’ where he played the role of ‘Cat in the Hat’ and sang for his part, too. As he grew up, his love for acting intensified. He was highly inspired by Heath Ledger, another Australian actor who had already made his mark in Hollywood. In 2017, he made his big-screen debut with a small, uncredited role in the Hollywood film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.’ The same year, he made his full-fledged acting debut with the comedy-drama film ‘Swinging Safari,’ which featured him as ‘Rooster.’ His life changed after he appeared as ‘Noah Flynn’ in the ‘Netflix’ romantic comedy ‘The Kissing Booth.’

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